Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Blink and It Grows

We are home sweet home, after a fabulous and nostalgia filled trip to see old friends in DC. I am lame and did not remember to take a single picture. We like DC. The Ethiopian food was everything we'd hoped for, and frankly, a kick in the pants lesson that the vegetarian platter habit needs to go. We visited Abe and various war memorials in the fading twilight it was nice to gaze at the White House and wish its inhabitants well.

When we got home the garden was so huge we nearly choked upon turning into the driveway. Cripes. Everything is dripping with heavy fruit, and we ate our first Sungolds, still warm from the heat of the day, growing on a tomato plant that is now nearly as tall as I am. Cucumbers are on, both the long Japanese cukes and the squat pickling cukes. Peppers are ripening, along with eggplant, tomatillo, broccoli, cabbage, winter squash. We harvested a portion of the garlic that looked ready, and they are huge and gorgeous, shining white and red and purple under the dust of the dirt they grew in. I have made two batches of pesto just with the basil pinchings alone. Yum. The raised bed has officially hit the crazy mark. The borage is a tangled forest that is almost always humming with bees. I love it but maybe next year not quite so much?

Suffice to say that there have been a lot of healthy dinners lately. Below, slaw fixings. Carrots, golden beets, beets, cabbage. Add an apple, some dried cranberries, make a dressing of oil, ume vinegar, mustard, chopped garlic, lemon, sugar, salt, pepper. Ooph, so flipping good.


queenbeehoney said...

That is SO what I want you to bring to the Bash ~ that beautiful slaw. My mouth is watering. And your garden is HUGE. It's so great that I got to see it in its infancy. Especially that long bed. Remember how you had draped the netting over the bare dirt when I was there? You've got your Grandma's green thumb, that's for sure.

queenbeehoney said...

I just clicked on the flowers in the vase and they filled my whole screen. There's just nothing like a vase full of homegrown flowers on the kitchen table.

cake said...

your garden looks luscious!

i have one borage plant, the first time i've grown it. it is really huge, and the bees and i love it.

Zarah Maria said...

Yeah yeah yeah, healthy slaw - GORGEOUS slaw is more like it! How could one NOT want to eat that?!